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I have a 2006 saturn ion, my daughter has it at college in pennsy, she parked it on a driveway last night before it snowed and she engaged the emerg brake since it was a sloped driveway, today she went to leave and te handle is stuck up and the brakes are engaged, car will not even roll, any suggestions

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Hi there?
Sounds like your emergency brake, which works on the brake shoes (rear) bonded to the rear brake drums (thin film of surface rust) between the contact surface of the brake shoe and brake drum.
Try to push the emergency brake handle down and rock the car forward and backward without usig excessive force or momentum.
If this does not help,remove rear wheels, let someone release the emergency brake handle or try and push it down. while you shock the brake drums with a 2 lb hammer on the area where brake shoe makes contact with the brake drum, carefull not to damage/dent the drum.
Hit the drum all around the circumference both (left and right) it should release without to much effort.
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Have her try putting it into drive, attempt to go foreward, plant her foot firmly on the brake, put it back into neutral, then try to release hand brake. Other than that, the only thing she can do is to try and warm up brake cables (shielded part near the backing plates) with a hair dryer.(in park, so it dosen't roll over her) This generally happens when water gets into cable shield and freezes Once free, spray some wd40 or other solvent into cable opening and on cables themselves.

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